Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00
International tennis player Frederica Piedade, a native of Algarve in the southern region of Portugal, has recently been seen in the surrounding area as she prepares for the 2014 US Open, which runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 8 in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
“My dream would be to train children or open my very own academy,” Piedade said. “The rich Portuguese community and interest in tennis on Long Island offers an exciting opportunity [for me] to settle down here when my career is over.”
Taking note of the large Portuguese presence in the area, Piedade has made her training base in the Willistons, which borders Mineola, while she meets with leaders and members of the community who have already made her a welcomed member. Piedade has already made an elegant appearance at the Long Island Portugal Day Celebration Gala in May, marched in the Mineola Portuguese parade in
June and was last seen catching the USA vs. Portugal soccer game at the Portuguese Heritage Society’s Folklore Festival.
Piedade has collected 11 singles and 19 doubles International Tennis Federation titles over her 17-year career, including championships in Brazil, Egypt, Israel, Mexico, Spain and Portugal, amassing just shy of 500 professional wins. Piedade, who held a career high WTA ranking of 142 in May 2006, has competed in all four grand slams (Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open and Wimbledon) while having a 12-4 record representing her nation in the International Federations Cup.